Taking Action

February Sunset

Examine the lives of people who have truly excelled in any of the arts – music, theater, dance, sculpture – and they have one characteristic in common: the capacity to commit themselves wholeheartedly to their chosen disciplines. They do it every day. No excuses. A dancer, for example, cannot compete at even the lowest level without years of daily exercising; a pianist cannot perform at a concert after having taken a nine-month break; actors are not given roles in a Shakespeare play because they fell they should be. So why should photographers expect to reseive one-person exhibitions or publications without similar dedication? Are the standards in photography so low that success can be archieved with so little effort? Of course not. – David Hurn

I mentioned in a previous post that one of the components of motivation is getting “active.” None of us will succeed at attaining a goal unless we get in gear and become active. For someone like me who considers himself a dreamer, it requires a major effort to take steps and get active on those dreams. Don’t get me wrong as I’m not a couch potato and do get active on many fronts of my life. It seems I falter when the dreams are about my creative side.

I can find a hundred excuses for not taking action on inspirations and not one of them holds much weight. It is easier for me to just dream about ideas or projects. That way they are a success but only in my imagination. Taking action requires effort and time plus the possibility it may not turn out the way I dreamed: failure. And I am aware that those failures are vital steps to improving. After a period of little action, I finally spent almost two full days shooting. My simple action accomplished more than one objective. The thought of failure was gone. My creative juices were flowing. I felt good inside. I also put a few miles on the car, testing it in the snow and mud, which it did pretty good. So, I guess this post is about getting off my tush and taking action otherwise my dreams and inspirations are only unfulfilled fantasies. Now, to clean the car and the bathroom. :-(

4 Comments

  1. Ken Bello February 28, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    I think it’s human nature to get discouraged from time to time. We just can’t allow it to be a permanent conditions. Use the downtime to recharge the batteries and get your bearings. Sounds like your making the most of the creative renewal.
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    • Monte Stevens February 28, 2012 at 9:39 am #

      Thanks, Ken. Whatever, I’ve been feeling is shifting so there is no need to get me in a straight jacket, just yet.

  2. Paul February 28, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    I agree with Ken. Downtime is important, but it is also important to know when downtime has become inertia, key on the ‘inert’ part. :) Sometimes, we just need to get a good jump start!
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    • Monte Stevens February 28, 2012 at 9:45 am #

      And a jump start can a lot of different things. :-)

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